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Table of Contents

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  1. Introduction
  2. Prerequisites
  3. What is a View?
  4. Usage of Views
  5. Advantages and Limitations of Using a View
  6. Creating a View in sqlite3
  7. Creating a View in DbSchema
  8. Conclusion
  9. References


SQLite is a C-library that provides a __disk-based database with zero __configuration and no __server process requirement. This __article explores a key feature of __SQLite and other SQL databases — the __View. We’ll discuss the concept of views, their uses, advantages, and limitations. Additionally, we’ll provide a detailed guide on __creating views in __sqlite3 and __DbSchema`.


Basic knowledge of __SQL is essential to understanding this article. Familiarity with __SQLite and the basics of the __sqlite3 command-line utility and __DbSchema would be helpful.

For installation and establishing connection you can read our article SQLite-How to create a database?

What is a View?

In SQL, a __View is a __virtual table based on the __result-set of an SQL statement. It contains __rows and __columns, just like a real table. The fields in a view are __fields from one or more real tables in the database. A __view does not __physically exist. It is a set of queries that, when __invoked, provide a tabular result similar to a regular database table. However, views don't store data — they __pull from other tables.

Usage of Views

  • Complexity Hiding: Views can hide the __complexity of data. A view can __encapsulate complicated joins, __aggregations`, and calculations into a simpler table.

  • Data Protection: Views can limit the __degree to which the underlying database schema is __exposed. They can also provide a level of __abstraction over your tables, providing a measure of __security.

  • Data Preparation: They can __transform the data into a format that __application-specific code can work with.

Advantages and Limitations of Using a View


  • Data security: Views __restrict user access to the data because the view can display __selective columns from the table.

  • Complex queries can be __encapsulated` in a view for repeated usage.

  • Data from multiple tables can be __combined and represented as one __entity.


  • When a table is dropped, associated views become __irrelevant`.

  • You __can’t create a view on temporary tables or associated __indexes.

  • In SQLite, you can’t use the __DROP VIEW IF EXISTS` statement.

Creating a View in sqlite3

Here’s how to create a view using sqlite3:

Step 1: Create and connect to your database:

sqlite3 TestDB.db

To know more about creating a database you can read our article SQLite-How to create a database?

Step 2: Create a sample table:


To know more about creating a table you can read our article SQLite-How to create a Table?

Step 3: Insert some sample data:

INSERT INTO Employees(name, role) VALUES('John Doe', 'Manager');
INSERT INTO Employees(name, role) VALUES('Jane Smith', 'Developer');
INSERT INTO Employees(name, role) VALUES('David Gray', 'Developer');
INSERT INTO Employees(name, role) VALUES('Mia Brown', 'Sales');
INSERT INTO Employees(name, role) VALUES('Max Green', 'Developer');

Sample Database

__Employees` table:

ID Name _Role_
__1` John Doe Manager
__2` Jane Smith Developer
__3` David Gray Developer
__4` Mia Brown Sales
__5` Max Green Developer

Step 4: Create a view

Here we create a view that shows all developers:


 Employees WHERE role='Developer';

Step 5: Use the view:

SELECT * FROM Developers;

Result After Executing the Query:

After executing a query on the __Developers` view, the result would be:

__Jane Smith`
__David Gray`
__Max Green`

This output table shows that we have __three Developers in our company according to the __Employees table: __Jane Smith, __David Gray, and __Max Green`.

Creating a View in DbSchema

DbSchema is a visual database designer that allows managing SQL and NoSQL databases using interactive diagrams.

Step 1: __Launch DbSchema and __connect to your SQLite database.

Step 2: Right-click on the canvas and select __Create View`.

Step 3: Enter the __SQL statement` to define your view.

SELECT name FROM Employees WHERE role='Developer';

Step 4: Click __Apply` to create the view.

You can now use the view like any other table in your database.

Visually Manage SQLite using DbSchema

DbSchema is a __SQLite client and __visual designer. DbSchema has a free Community Edition, which can be downloaded here.

Key Features of DbSchema:

Following are the key features of DbSchema which distinguish it from other database GUI tools.


Views in SQLite and other SQL databases provide a powerful tool for __abstracting the underlying schema, improving __data security, and simplifying complex queries. While they come with certain __limitations, their benefits far __outweigh these in most use cases.


  1. SQLite Documentation
  2. DbSchema Documentation
  3. SQLite Tutorial

Visually Manage Databases using DbSchema

DbSchema is a databases client and visual designer. DbSchema has a free Community Edition, which can be downloaded here.
DbSchema main features include:

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Interactive Diagrams

Design tables, column and foreign keys directly in diagrams, by double-clicking them. Changes will be saved to the design model and, if DbSchema is connected to the database also into the database. More.

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Simple Connection Dialog

Choose the database location, the user and password, and simply get connected. Choose 'Edit Manually' into the JDBC URL combo to enter a custom URL. More.

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Relational Data Explorer

Explore data from multiple tables simultaneously, using foreign keys or virtual foreign keys. Double-click cells to edit the data. More.

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Query Builder

Create SQL Queries featuring JOINS, GROUP BY, ORDER BY just using the mouse. More.

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SQL Query Editor

Edit and execute SQL Queries. The editor is autocompletion-enabled. More.

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Design Schema in Team & Schema Deployment

DbSchema is using the design model, a copy of the schema structure, independent of the database.
The design model can be saved to file and shared in a team.
Connecting to another database you may compare the design model with the database, commit the differences or merge them in the design model. More.

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Dark Theme

Configurable styles & dark theme. More.

Many features are available in the free Community edition.
The Pro edition adds capabilities to save the design to the model file, design schema in team and deploy the schema on multiple databases.

DbSchema can be downloaded for free. No registration is required.